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Secret Name

Low Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. I Remember
2. Starfire
3. Two-Step
4. Weight Of Water
5. Missouri
6. Don't Understand
7. Soon
8. Immune
9. Lion/Lamb
10. Days Of...
11. Will The Night
12. Home

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5.0 out of 5 stars Low's Masterpiece May 28 2003
By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
In the progression of Low albums, this record marks a significant change for the Duluth trio. Their first three full lengths, while all filled with wonderful songs, sound quite similar. On Secret Name, Low switches to Kranky as their label, and Albini as their producer. The results are incredible. This is Low coming into their own. This album shows incredible growth and a very noticable improvement in song writing and sound experimentation. They've kept living up to expectations whith their later records in my mind, but this album marks the change and it will stick with you.
I won't go into great details about each song, but this record has the highest concentration of classic Low songs of all their releases. I have yet to meet a fan that doesn't put at least three songs from Secret Name in their top-five favorite Low song list. The progression of Two-Step, Weight of Water, Missouri (sung misery), and Don't Understand is almost too much to take. Beautiful vocal harmonies and some of the most simple, but moving melodies that I've heard in a long time make up these songs.
Low always gets described as a sad sounding band, and this record is the best reason for this. However, I would disagree with this label. Low aren't for sad depressed people, they're for people with longer than average attention spans who like to sit and reflect. People that want tangible substance in their music. If you're one of these people, Low won't make you feel sad. They'll make you feel better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush silence. Nov. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Low continued to grow its' indie fan base with the beautiful SECRET NAME, released in 1999. This album continues their wonderful explorations of sound and silence-often more of the latter. This band is unbelievable. Low truly knows how to get just the right sound-their quiet introspection and eerie moodiness couples perfectly with their slow tempos. This results in songs that force you to slow *yourself* down and listen to what is going on. If you need to relax and forget everything else, put on a Low disc.
SECRET NAME contains its share of beauties, the opener "I Remember" is pretty creepy while "Starfire" sounds almost like something a teenager might record in his or her bedroom on their boombox. It has a lilting quality to it despite the sorrowful strings in the background. "Two-Step" is a beautiful showcase for Mimi Parker's restrained optimism while "Weight Of Water" is equally depressing. "Don't Understand" is a throwaway, an instrumental with loops a la the Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows". It has no lyrics and serves no purpose. It sounds like it would fit better on a SQUAREPUSHER or recent RADIOHEAD album. "Soon", "Immune", and "Lion/Lamb" are just *gorgeous*. The simple chordal structures work perfectly. "Home" is lovely, with its string backing. Overall SECRET NAME is a powerful album, done by slo-core's banner-wavers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Turnaround July 5 1999
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with listeners who label this release as "same old same old" formulae from Low. I thought their career was in a downward spiral with the iffy "Curtain Hits the Cast," and hit rock bottom with the abyssmal ep "Songs For a Dead Pilot." This release finds them on a fresh track with a vengeance. The tunes are a little more sprightly (for Low and their "barely alive" tempos), and the arrangements a little more diversified. I think this album is a huge shot in the arm for their career, and has re-vitalised all the things I loved about releases like "I Could Live in Hope" and "Long Division." While nothing here *quite* approaches classic-level like "Words" or "Caroline," there is plenty for fans and newcomers alike to enjoy from such songs as "Missouri" (cleverly pronounced "misery" in the lyrics), "Will the Night," "I Don't Understand," and "Two Step." Get it..... you'll enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same April 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On this new release, Low do not deviate from their well-rehersed formula for making music. The pondering and melodic basslines, lazily strummed guitar, and the gentle taps of a cymbal and snare drum once again combine for some special moments. Add to that the soft, pretty voices of Al and Mimi, and their at times cryptic, at others obvious lyrics and what results are some wonderful songs. Low have added some keyboards and strings to several songs, and additionally "Soon" is played on an acoustic guitar. These additions are welcome, and prevent the band's formula from wearing thin after five years. I interviewed Low for my fanzine about four years ago, and wrote that their music was perfectly suited for those cold, snowy winter days when you are walking through the woods and all you can here is the sound of snow scrunching up underneather your boots. Their music did, and still does conjure up visions of isolation and solitude. Low, however, are able to tap into the beauty of those times and feelings, and that is their real strength.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Dark Refreshment July 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First heard Low's "I can't remember" off the album "Secret Name" on John Peels (Radio 1) show. Attracted by the first track of the Album, hooked by the others, from the heavenly vocals of "Two Step" to the heart piercing melodies of the violin played in "Will The Night". Havent listened to any of thier other albums but, hopefully they will live up to my ideals. This is that album that your brain has been searching for on those long "come downs", a little break from all that dance music and a real gem BUY IT !
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5.0 out of 5 stars shredder, charge the capacitors! we're going in.
what i like most about low is the atmosphere they create and the mood they put me in. this is actually one of my favourite ever albumns. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2000 by sammy
4.0 out of 5 stars do yourself a favour
... and purchase this album, but get it on lp. for one, it comes with two extra tracks and for another, it's gorgeous on two-lp gatefold vinyl and perfect to just sit in your... Read more
Published on March 17 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow
It is snowing outside and this stupid city is for once silent.
This is a Low moment.
The vocals of Mimi Parker and Alan Spearhawk are drifting around. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2000 by PJFC
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy. Anyone could have done it.
Unreal. This band is getting the beautiful sound bands have struggled to obtain by spending more and more money in the studio, hiring orchestras, and getting the best producers. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret treasure
I have been a fan of Low since "Long Division." This album harks back to their earlier work -- almost baroque compared to the nakedness of some tracks from "Songs... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Low expands a little on the basic formula, adding a lot of hooks to some great pop tunes. About half the songs are essential listening. The other half are merely vintage Low.
Published on July 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant gem in the discography of Low
This album is superb. Low understands things about emotion, intensity and true heaviness that most of today's next-big-things could only wish to grasp in the most superfluous way. Read more
Published on July 19 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I have listened to this recording, and wish to review it.
Secret Name is Low's best yet. "Don't Understand," is a good track. I am not an awful person. The red glare, the joy of cooking. I am not an awful person.
Published on July 11 1999
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